Screen stops skyscraper damage

A temporary scaffold screen has been set up to try and stop further damage being done after a skyscraper was blamed for damage by reflecting the sun's rays.

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Scaffold screen set up to stop skyscraper damage

A temporary scaffold screen has been set up to try and stop further damage being done after a skyscraper reflected the sun's rays. The City of London gave the go-ahead for the screen to be installed at street level along Eastcheap.

The scaffolding will help protect buildings and passers-by from glare Credit: NBC News
The skyscraper was blamed for causing damage to cars Credit: NBC News
The screen has been set up along Eastcheap Credit: NBC News

Protective measures around 'walkie talkie'

Now, the developers behind one of London's newest skyscrapers have tonight said they'll build a scaffolding screen around it -- after cars parked nearby started melting.

The sun's reflection on 20 Fenchurch Street -- known better as the walkie talkie -- has caused serious damage to cars, bikes and properties. So will a protective screen at street level do the trick?Ria Chatterjee has been to find out.


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Skyscraper owners erecting temporary scaffold screen

The owners of the London skyscraper that has apparently melted nearby cars and caused fires at properties have confirmed they are to "erect a temporary scaffold screen at street level" to deal with what they call the "phenomenon":

This solution should minimise the impact on the local area over the next two-three weeks, after which time the phenomenon is expected to have disappeared.

The three parking bays will also remain suspended. We are also continuing to evaluate longer-term solutions to ensure this issue does not recur in future.

– Land Securities and Canary Wharf statement
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Skyscraper acts like 'magnifying glass' says car owner

The driver of a car which melted in the intense heat generated by reflections from the Walkie Talkie skyscraper said that the building acted like a 'magnifying glass'.

I think it's just like a magnifying glass, when you're a kid. You put the magnifying glass in the sun and it reflects onto a bit of paper or something and it burns it. I think that's what's happened to my car.

I've taken the car to Jaguar and Jaguar have turned round to me and said they've never seen anything like it. Their parts go into the oven and kilns to be sprayed and the heat in there is quite high so it really shouldn't have done this to the car.

I don't know what heat plastic starts to burn but it must have been some tremendous heat.

It's unbelievable.

– Martin Lindsay, owner of the Jaguar which melted

Mr Martin Lindsay was talking to LBC radio.


Skyscraper problem caused by 'elevation of the sun'

We are taking the issue of light reflecting from 20 Fenchurch Street seriously, and are looking into the matter as a priority.

The phenomenon is caused by the current elevation of the sun in the sky. It currently lasts for approximately 2 hours per day, with initial modelling suggesting that it will be present for approximately 2-3 weeks.

As responsible developers we are making every effort to keep local businesses informed and we have communicated with them regularly since the issue first appeared. While we investigate the situation further we have liaised with the City of London to suspend three parking bays in the area which may be affected.

In addition, we are consulting with local businesses and the City to address the issue in the short-term, while also evaluating longer-term solutions to ensure the issue cannot recur in future.

– Land Securities and Canary Wharf
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